Homicide

The Latest: Ex-Oklahoma reserve deputy gets 4 years in death

Robert Bates, a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year, is escorted to the courtroom for his sentencing at the courthouse in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Bates was convicted of second-degree manslaughter. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Robert Bates, a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year, is escorted to the courtroom for his sentencing at the courthouse in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Bates was convicted of second-degree manslaughter. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the case of a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who was convicted in the shooting death of an unarmed suspect (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who said he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot an unarmed suspect last year has been sentenced to four years in prison.

A judge on Tuesday gave 74-year-old Robert Bates the maximum penalty recommended by jurors. The wealthy insurance executive was convicted of second-degree manslaughter last month.

Bates fatally shot Eric Harris while working with Tulsa County sheriff's deputies last year during an illegal gun sales sting. Harris was restrained and unarmed at the time.

After the shooting, an internal 2009 sheriff's office memo surfaced that questioned Bates' qualifications. Bates also was a close friend of then-Sheriff Stanley Glanz and had donated thousands of dollars in cash, vehicles and equipment to the sheriff's office.

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7:45 a.m.

A judge is scheduled to sentence a former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy who was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect last year.

Tulsa County jurors who found 74-year-old Robert Bates guilty of second-degree manslaughter last month recommended that he serve four years in prison. Bates says he mistook his handgun for his stun gun when he fatally shot Eric Harris.

A judge is scheduled to sentence the wealthy insurance executive on Tuesday.

Harris was restrained and unarmed when he was shot during an illegal gun sales sting.

His killing prompted a grand jury investigation of the sheriff's office and the indictment and resignation of Sheriff Stanley Glanz, a close friend of Bates.